Paul began his working career as a teenager working as a labourer for his late father’s construction business in Northern Ireland which instilled a strong work ethic from an early age. After attending Saint Patrick’s Boarding School, Paul then studied Estate Management at the University of Central England, before becoming a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Paul then embarked on a long and varied career as a Chartered Surveyor in Birmingham, London, Dublin, Belfast, Bahrain and Seville.
In 2012, Paul decided to take his career in a completely new direction and felt a strong desire to move towards international exporting, business development, and sales. In order to achieve this career change Paul undertook an intensive full time MBA at Ulster University, completing his three year MBA course in nine months.
In recent times, Paul has spent several years living in the Middle East working closely with the Department of International Trade, Invest Northern Ireland, and many of the prominent trading families across the Middle East in developing high value export business for a number of UK companies operating across a wide variety of different industries.
MBA qualified, with a high degree of common sense, Paul has over 25 years of cross functional experience in exporting, sales, franchising, marketing, business development, company direction, and strategic management.
Paul is highly cognisant of cultural idiosyncrasies and has a demonstrable ability to manage business operations across diverse cultures in competitive and rapidly changing international business environments.
A serial entrepreneur, Paul currently owns and manages his own property investment company and also mentors a number of Northern Ireland companies seeking to better understand business culture and trade in the Gulf region so that they may in turn develop export business across the GCC.
Paul is passionate about helping young people uncover their hidden potential and works closely with Northern Ireland’s only private school Rockport as a mentor to senior level students.
Outside of business Paul enjoys travel, classic Mercedes cars, Gaelic football, and coaching the local school basketball team.
Paul is happily married to Catherine and is the busy father and 24/7 mentor to Luke (16) and Stella (9).